Dedicated service

I would like to thank the employees of Santee Cooper and Berkeley Electric Cooperative and everyone else involved for their efforts to restore electric service to the people of Moncks Corner and Berkeley County.

Town of Moncks Corner employees worked during and after the recent ice storm to serve the town's people. I am extremely proud of the services they provided.

The S.C. Department of Transportation, Berkeley County and town crews are completing the first pass of collecting storm debris within the town. I ask everyone to continue to put as much storm debris as possible in yard-waste roll carts provided by the town. That waste will be picked up weekly.

Please take storm debris that cannot fit in a roll cart to the street right-of-way at your earliest convenience.

I would also like to thank the people of Moncks Corner who did all they could to assist each other during the recent storm.

William W. Peagler III

Mayor

Town of Moncks Corner

Carolina Avenue

Moncks Corner

Add bridge lanes

The most important improvement to the Highway 41 bridge should be the width, not the height.

With increased population from the development of the Cainhoy property, the traffic on Highway 41 will be increased.

The highway also will need to be increased to four lanes from the current two lanes.

Carol O'connor

Cypress Pointe Drive

Mount Pleasant

Honorable Harrell

A Feb. 3 letter to the editor titled "Harrell probe" about the murky public knowledge of political spending in our state hit the nail on the head. But it wasn't the nail the author was aiming to hit.

For more than a year, Bobby Harrell, my friend and speaker of the S.C. House, has been targeted by a fringe political group with a series of misleading attacks against his conservative record, his integrity and even his family.

Those of us in the Lowcountry know Bobby as an honorable legislator who delivers big results and has more than earned our trust.

A closer look at this letter, and the political group doing this mudslinging, shows why Bobby deserves our continued support.

This letter inadvertently highlights the need for more public light on these secretive political groups.

These allegations aren't about taxpayer dollars, but criticize the use of privately raised and publicly disclosed funds.

This group has even denounced Speaker Harrell's efforts to save taxpayers money by using private campaign funds to pay for official office-related expenses.

Claiming that "sources for [Harrell's] campaign chest are not compelled to be disclosed," is inaccurate. Every dollar raised and spent by any political candidate's campaign is publicly disclosed on the Ethics Commission's website.

These claims highlight the hypocrisy of these specially structured political groups. One group alone has spent millions in out-of-state dollars to attack S.C. Republicans like Speaker Harrell without disclosing one penny to the public.

Speaking of secrecy, the S.C. attorney general refused Bobby Harrell's request to make the investigation public.

Such a bold call for transparency by Harrell shows how confident he is that the facts will reveal these allegations as nothing more than politically motivated mudslinging. I expect that will be the case, and that is why I am proud to stand in support of Bobby Harrell.

Pat McDermott

Lavington Road

Charleston

No competition

The city of Charleston charges cable TV providers a franchise fee to operate in Charleston. This arrangement appears to enable the city to collect revenue without incurring any expense to the city, but at considerable expense to cable TV users.

Cable TV providers are given the exclusive right to operate in the areas they serve. They change content and fees as they choose. This arrangement removes any customer choice of services received and any opportunity to get cable services from another provider.

Exclusive operations such as this seem to benefit everyone other than the public at large. They rule out any competition for cable services, although such services are advertised in our community that may have the same or better content at less cost.

It's time for the city of Charleston to change this franchise practice (how about a business license?) and give citizens a break.

Neither the city nor a cable TV service should benefit at the public's expense, except when essential services are warranted and provided.

Theodore P. Mitchum

Folly Road Boulevard

Charleston

Education's worth

I find it incredible that our state government seems to feel that the College of Charleston and MUSC exist for the sole purpose of feeding the needs of business.

While higher education indirectly supports business by making available educated applicants, it is not synonymous with job training.

As Kim Jones, CEO of the non-profit Curriki, said in a Forbes article a few years ago, the purpose of education is teaching students lifelong values, discipline and the ability to explore new ideas and to think independently.

If our Legislature has so little to do that it has to rearrange higher education in Charleston, I'd suggest the following:

Leave MUSC the way it is and create a University of Charleston. Make the College of Charleston its first school (with no name change) and the Charleston School of Law its second.

Paul Wilczynski

East Dolphin Street

North Charleston

Back shore power

My home is on Laurens Street. The city long ago zoned Laurens Street, which is adjacent to the proposed cruise terminal, for high-density residential development. This zoning means there are many families living in this very small area.

There are already 60 condominium homes, which are a stone's throw from where the cruise ships will be docked.

Also approved for development on Laurens Street are two additional high-density residential buildings, one of which would be for senior citizens, many of whom will likely have pre-existing health problems.

My question to Mayor Joe Riley and the members of City Council who blindly follow his lead is this: How can you first zone an area for high-density residential living and then in good conscience propose to place ships proven to emit huge amounts of dangerous sulfur dioxide emissions immediately adjacent to all these homes?

On Feb. 25, at 5 p.m at the Charleston City Council meeting, council member Dudley Gregorie will introduce a motion in support of shoreside power for the proposed new cruise terminal.

I strongly encourage all residents of the city to attend this meeting and take a stand with Mr. Gregorie in support of shoreside power.

I thank Mr. Gregorie for his caring stance on behalf of all citizens.

Tommie Robertson

Laurens Street

Charleston

GOP folly

Well, it looks like the Republicans "took the bait." I can now think of about four to five million people who will not be voting Republican this year.

They include the two million who will not get extended unemployment benefits, and about two to three million friends and family who will have to support these people or think that the action is immoral.

And I sincerely doubt that this even crossed the minds of the Republican senators who threatened filibuster last week to block the legislation.

It is enough to make a Democrat chuckle, if it weren't for the unfortunate people who will suffer as a result.

It's just another example of Republican self-destruction. Instead of looking in the mirror after the last election, they decided to double down on core ideology.

William A. Johnson

Serotina Court

Mount Pleasant